Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs
|Date:||Friday, October 1, 1999, 2:00|
Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...> wrote:
> The best way to make your language look really naturalistic is
> to layer regular systems over one another. This can be just like
> I described for English above, just within one category of words
> like verbs, or it could be for pit the semantic makeup of words
> against, say, their phonetic form.
Oh, that's exactly what I love to do in Drasel=E9q. Small but
noticeable irregularities of phonetic origin, like the ones
you have in Phaleran. For example:
_fa_ 'this one'
_fais_ 'this one (GEN)'
_f=E4n_ 'this one (ACC)'
from underlying *_fa, fais, faais, faen_.
Or the verbs will double stems, like _tupsen_, which conjugates
as _tups, touber, tup, toubut, tupser, toubek_ or _=FCblithten_,
which goes _=FCbelitht, =FCbelther,...,=FCblithtat, =FCblithter, =FCbelth=
Plus there's a lot of semi-irregular nouns where vowels in unstressed
open syllables are syncoped when you add case inflections. (It's
irregular because vowels that derive from a shortened formerly long
vowel *don't* get syncoped.) Or nouns where a final stop is geminated
when a vowel-initial inflection is added:
_pattadh_ 'the sides'
from old _batta_.